Graduates a first for city
Monday, 16th May, 2011
By Gayle Hogan
Nine locals will soon graduate from what is believed to be the first university course taught entirely in Broken Hill for many years.
The Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) is a joint initiative between Charles Sturt University and TAFE NSW.
It offers practical postgraduate university courses and was developed to meet the needs of busy managers.
Last year the local TAFE offered a Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice).
City Council's Operations Manager, Peter Schindler, and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Operations Co-ordinator, Paul Seager, were among those who completed the course.
The 12-month course included two tutorial sessions a week as well as a number of assignments and both agreed it had helped them on a professional level.
"I'd say it's important. It has improved my ability to do my job and that benefits myself and my staff," Mr Schindler said.
"I do it to improve what I do. "
Mr Seager said: "As a manager you don't always know how effective you are in your role. It gives you confidence to know that you're on the right track.
"It validates the knowledge you already have as well as teaching you new concepts."
While the work was hard, they said having the support of local TAFE teachers and each other made the course more rewarding than distance education.
"There hasn't been a university course offered in Broken Hill for many years," Mr Seager said.
"It's good because people don't have to go out of town to improve their qualifications.
"It was a high quality program - the quality of course materials and lecturers was very good.
"We'd encourage anyone considering doing the course to go for it."
Mr Schindler thanked City Council and other employers, including Mr Seager's, who helped subsidised the cost of the course which was completed outside of work hours.
"It seems challenging at the start but chipping away at it helps," Mr Schindler said.
"I'd like to say thanks to the employers for the assistance they provided."
A graduation ceremony will be held in Club Legion on Friday, May 27.
For information on the next intake of the Graduate Certificate in Management course, contact Judi Treganowan, the Head Teacher of Business at TAFE campus on 8082 6843.